It is our belief that the human form is the ideal subject for the development of good draughtsmanship, therefore drawing from life is the backbone of LARA’s process.

Every student at LARA will spend half the day studying the figure using the sight-size technique. Each pose is sustained for either thirty or sixty hours, under unvarying light conditions, thus allowing the student time to accurately observe and understand the human form. This drawing from a continuous pose is unique in London. Such training and observation also gives the student informed knowledge as to what to prioritise as useful visual information when working from a shorter pose.

‘Michael’, Charcoal and Chalk on Toned Paper by Lucas Garcia

Drawing from the past | Skills for the future

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Figure drawing

Figure drawing is the basis of all good draftsmanship and drawing from life is the backbone of LARA’s process.

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Portrait drawing

Portrait drawing is an integral part of the LARA curriculum and students are encouraged to hire models throughout the program.

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Cast drawing

Cast drawing informs all aspects of the curriculum and is where students learn foundational principals that apply to all aspects of their work.

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Cast painting

Cast painting provides the student with an introduction to working with oil paint and is the first painting stage of the program.

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Figure painting

Figure painting presents one of the most significant and difficult challenges posed by the curriculum.

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Portrait painting

The portrait is an integral part of the curriculum and students are encouraged to work with portrait models throughout the program.

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Figure Sculpture

Figure Sculpture can be studied in a two week intensive workshop structure.

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Portrait sculpture

Portrait sculpture can be studied on weekend workshops or week long intensives.

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